COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M equestrian senior Amanda Brightwell was the female recipient of the Bill Erwin Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award at the annual Texas A&M Athletics CHAMPS Banquet on Wednesday.
The award is named for longtime Texas A&M athletics supporter and local philanthropist Bill Erwin and is given to one male and one female student-athlete at A&M who are in their final year of athletic eligibility and have demonstrated outstanding academic and athletic performance.
Brightwell is a two-time National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Academic All-American, and was also selected to the NCEA Academic Honor Roll this year. The horsemanship rider represents the Aggies on the 2013 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Community Service Team and is a team captain.
The San Antonio, Texas, native has also been competitive for the Aggies in the arena, ending her three-year career at A&M with a 24-15-3 (.607) record and taking honorable mention All-America honors as a junior.
The Aggie equestrian team also received a High Team GPA award for having a combined team GPA of 3.0 or higher. The team saw 51 riders earn Texas A&M Athletics Scholar Awards as well. To earn the honor, the student must be a student-athlete, manager or trainer participating on an intercollegiate athletics team during the last calendar year and must have a cumulative 3.00 GPA or a 3.00 GPA during that semester.
Highlighting the Texas A&M Athletics Scholar recipients were Courtney Kile, Kori Pickett, Elizabeth Solch, Laura Sumrall and Emily Williams, who achieved a perfect 4.0 semester GPA to be named Outstanding Athletics Scholars.
Texas A&M Athletics Scholars (Equestrian)
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